Join 4-H


Our typical enrollment period is from September 15th through May 15th.  Find out how you can get enrolled so you may fully participate!  Click here for more information about 4-H! 4-H is a program offered for youth in the 4th through the 12th grades.

Pick a club.

Youth in grades 4-12 may choose a club based on location, age or special interest.  If club leader information is not available, please contact the County Youth Coordinator.  We are happy to assist you in contacting a club leader.  It is important that you make contact with the club leaders, as they can give you specific information about the club such as meeting times, special club rules and whether they are already at full membership.


Center Champions
- Doug & Caryle Hansen (362-5924) Gary Myers (362-4869)

 

Ellsworth Go-Getters -Barb Reardon (362-2066)  Erica Richard (362-2024)
 
 

Emmet County HighFlyers - Anna Enerson (362-3916)
 
 

High Lakers - Derek & Janette Young (867-4427) Cheryl Harris (859-3467)
 
 

Horsin' Around - Teresa Olson (867-4436) Cathy Ackroyd (858-4662)
 
 

Iowa Lake 4-H'ers - Coleen Buum (864-3758) Janine Kinnander (864-3927) Patti Paulsen (866-2181)
 
 

Jack Creek Feeders - Ryan & Cami Paulson (866-3305)
 
 

Lincoln Handy Helpers - Clara Valen (362-3989)
 
 

Twelve Mike Lakers - Dan & Tina Burton (362-7287)

 
Register.

Our typical enrollment/re-enrollment period is from September 5th through December 15th. New members can enroll through May 15th.  The 4-H Online database is the method for Online Registration.  The database tells the club leader and the Extension office who you are, where you live, and what your project interests are.  Need Online help instructions - click here.  There is also an annual program fee of $30 to enroll in Emmet County 4-H ($20 payable by the family and $10 from the generosity of MaxYield.)  Currently we don't have the ability to accept payment online.  This fee helps to support the county state 4-H program.  If you feel that this fee would constitute an undue financial burden, financial aid is available from the Iowa 4-H Foundation by visiting their website.

 

Learn about 4-H.

You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the 4-H program.  Look for a project in your interest areas by checking in the Pick Your Adventure Guide and check out 4-H Project Hot Sheets and consider attending the NEW 4-H member pizza party and information meeting held in January.  Check our calendar for more information about upcoming 4-H workshops and events throughout the year.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact our County Youth Coordinator.

 

Project Groups offered in addition to club membership:


4-H Shooting Sports- Deb & Monte Hoffmeyer (362-3846) David Solberg (866-0737) Mike Martens (858-4404) Ole Enderson (864-3686) Dean Christensen (362-7685) Arvin Enerson (362-3916) Brian Rosburg (209-2056)
 
If you would like to be in the Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports group in 2015, call today to reserve your spot (362- 3434)! The group will be meeting March through September, either at the Gruver Community Center (if bad weather) or the Izaak Walton League shooting range. The group practices with archery, air rifles, muzzleloaders, and shot guns (for age 12 and up). They also learn about safety, how to clean equipment used, and more. Group size is limited, so if you are interested, call or email today. Even if you were in the group last year, we need to know if you plan to participate again this year. New members are also welcome! All youth in 4th through 12th grade who are current 4-H members in Emmet County are eligible. All new members would begin in March and must attend safety discussions before practicing with equipment. All guns and archery supplies are provided.
 
 

Food - Cooking & Baking- Carol Solberg (866-0737) Kevin Krull (867-4103)
 
Emmet County started up a new 4-H project group focused on cooking food last year. This group experiments using different types of ingredients different types of food! They also are learning food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal for 2015 will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level next August. More information about this can be found at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/ statefair/cookthis. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group in 2015 by January 5th. A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served—so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!
 
4-H Dog Obedience- Chelsey (260-4333) & Derek Smith (260-7120)
 

Click to see how you can support your 4-H Club

 

4-H VOLUNTEERS

Interested in becoing a 4-H volunteer?

We need to meet our potential volunteers before we can send them out to serve the youth in Emmet County.  You will need to schedule a time to come and meet with our 4-H staff at the Extension Office.  At this meeting we will answer all of your questions, provide you with the necessary materials to do your job, and acquaint you with our office.  Our Coordinator is just a phone call or e-mail away.!
2015 State Volunteer Retreat Feb. 6-7, 2015, Iowa State University, Ames
Register now to get your choice of workshops! Online registration and workshop descriptions are now posted at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/state-volunteer-retreat
The annual State Volunteer Retreat brings together 4-H volunteers, staff, parents, and intermediate and senior 4-H members to network and learn about innovative programs that will help bring fresh perspectives and activities to Iowa 4-H programs. Friday evening, February 6, features hands on activities and ideas.
Saturday, February 7, is filled with a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Workshops are presented by ISU faculty and staff and volunteers. The wide variety of workshop sessions will meet the needs of both new and experienced volunteers, staff, and 4-H members. Registration is FREE this year and limited to the first 100 people who register. Registration is filling up fast so don’t delay!  (Emmet County 4-H leaders will be reimbursed carpooled mileage to and from the event, along with hotel room and meals by the Emmet County 4-H Foundation, if you receive prior approval.)
Check out the workshop descriptions http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/state-volunteer-retreat
·         Registration deadline is January 23

Clover Kids

Clover Kids starts a new year now!
Clover Kids is an Iowa Youth Development Program that the Iowa State University Extension Service of Emmet County is providing to Kindergarten through 3rd grade kids from February—July in 2015. The program is organized by Kristin Buum, Emmet County Clover Kids Coordinator and Marcy Sander, Emmet County Youth Coordinator. Kristin will lead the program sessions, along with Junior High & High School age 4-H members from Emmet County. We also rely on the help of parent volunteers. This program is separate from the 4-H club program and is for pre-4-H age kids. This year we will have three different location options for Clover Kids to make it more convenient for kids to attend and to fit into families’ schedules better. As a bonus, at each session the kids will make something that they can save to bring to the 2015 Emmet County Fair. The Clover Kids members will meet for a pizza party at the fair, at which time they will pick one project of those they bring to be positively evaluated and given a special ribbon. These projects will be on display throughout the fair for everyone to see in the Clover Kids’ booth! Your paid registration also includes a special CLOVER KIDS T-SHIRT that you can wear to the sessions and at the fair! The cost to participate in Clover Kids this year is just $25 (thanks to partial funding through an Emmet County Community Foundation Grant), which includes sessions in February, March, April, May, and one at the fair on July 23rd. Registrations are due by January 23rd! Click here for registration form.
2015 Themes:
February: Winter Beach Party
March: Pet Pizazz
April: Butterfly Bonanza
May: Experimenting with the 5 Senses
Emmet County Clover Kids Options 2015
OPTION #1 Estherville: K-1st Graders
This option is at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville (723 1st Ave S). This option is open
to youth in grades K—1st from all around the county. They will meetfrom 1:00-3:00PM beginning downstairs in the church (use the east door) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
The dates are:Sunday, February 15, Sunday, March 15, Sunday, April 19, Sunday, May 17
OPTION #2
Estherville: 2nd-3rd Graders
The next location option is also at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville (723 1st Ave S). These sessions will be based on the same themes as the younger kids, but activities will be geared towards their age level. It is open to youth in grades 2nd-3rd from all around the county. They will meet from 3:30-5:30PM beginning downstairs in the church (use the east door) on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
The dates are:Sunday, February 15, Sunday, March 15, Sunday, April 19, Sunday, May 17
OPTION #3
Wallingford: K-3rd Graders
This location option is in the Wallingford Community Center and is open to youth in grades K—3rd
grade from all around the county. They will have the opportunity to ride the bus from the Graettinger/Terril schools to meet until 6:00PM the first Tuesday of the month.
The dates are:  Tuesday, February 3, Tuesday, March 3, Tuesday, April 7, Tuesday, May 5
OPTION #4
Armstrong: K-1st Graders
This location option is at the Nazareth Lutheran Church (401 5th St) of Armstrong and is open to
youth in K—1st grade from all around the county. They will meet from 1:00-3:00PM at the church on
the following dates: Sunday, February 1, Sunday, March 1, Sunday, April 26, Sunday, May 3
OPTION #5
Armstrong: 2nd-3rd Graders
This last location option is at the Nazareth Lutheran Church (401 5th St) of Armstrong. These sessions will be based on the same themes as the younger kids, but activities will be geared towards their age level. It is open to youth in grades 2nd-3rd from all around the county. They will
meet from 3:30-5:30PM at the church on the following dates:
Sunday, February 1, Sunday, March 1, Sunday, April 26, Sunday, May 3

County 4-H News

April 1, 2015

The 2015 Emmet County 4-H Clover Knowledge Escapade, communications contest, was held on Sunday, March 29th at the United Methodist Church in Estherville.  Communication skills are very important to the 4-H program and are commonly credited by 4-H alumni as being one of the best things that 4-H taught them.  Participants in 5th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the state communications event at the Iowa State Fair.  Youth in 4th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the district communication event at the Clay County Fair.

March 30, 2015

Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have at 4-H camp held at the Iowa 4-H Center and locally across the state this summer.

March 30, 2015

Every June, almost 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.

February 20, 2015

More than 80 participants attended the 2015 State 4-H Volunteer Retreat at Iowa State University. Volunteers, staff, parents and intermediate and senior 4-H members came together to share ideas and learn about innovative curricula to improve 4-H Youth Development programs.

January 27, 2015

Children and youth learn best when they learn through experience. This positive youth development is the essence of 4-H and is featured in the international research journal Reclaiming Children and Youth.

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